Sports Mole brings you live coverage of tonight's La Liga clash between Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid at the Anoeta Stadium.
By Matt Law, European Football Editor Filed: Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 20:00 UK
Last Updated: Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 22:49 UK
Good evening and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of tonight's La Liga clash between Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid at the Anoeta Stadium.
Sociedad have made a fairly solid start to their league campaign, picking up nine points from their first seven matches to occupy 14th spot in the table.
Meanwhile, this season's surprise package Atletico sit second in the table with six wins and a draw from their opening seven matches of the season.
The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 4-0 win for Atletico, but Sociedad did gain a point when the pair met in the Vicente Calderon towards the end of last season.
Please note that kickoff is at 8.30pm.
10.24pmThat just about does it for me this evening. Thanks for joining Sports Mole for the La Liga action this weekend and look out for our Team of the Week in the next 30 minutes or so. Good night!
10.22pmOh my word. Falcao wins it for Atletico in the final moments with a delightful free kick. The result moves them joint-top of the league with Barcelona. Meanwhile, Sociedad's nine-match unbeaten home run is over.
90 min+3Sociedad launch an attack of their own in the final moments. But the match is just getting away from them.
90 min+2It is so harsh on the home side, but that is why he is so highly though of. It was going to take something like that to win this match. Not long left now.
90 min+1Wonderful, just wonderful from Falcao as he bends a free kick into the top corner. That's his 12th goal of the season. Brilliant.
90 minGOAL! Real Sociedad 0-1 Atletico Madrid (Falcao)
89 minAtletico continue to attack and they have a free kick just outside the box as Rodriguez is felled by Martinez...
87 minFinal change for the away side as Adrian is replaced by Diego Costa. Atletico are the team on the attack as we approach the final moments.
86 minAnother half-chance for Sociedad as Castro strikes an effort from outside the box, but it just drifts over the crossbar. Little under five minutes of normal time remaining.
84 minMeanwhile, the home side make their third change as Griezmann is replaced by Diego Ifran.
84 minChance! Wonderful chance for Vela to hand the home side the lead as he is slipped in by Griezmann, but he somehow fires over. What an opportunity.
82 minMeanwhile, change for Atletico as Emre replaces Koke. Premier League fans will remember him from his spell at Newcastle United earlier in his career.
80 minChange for the home side as Ruben Pardo replaces Agirretxe. Can the attacker influence this match in the final 10 minutes? His side have possession at the moment.
78 min... however, the danger is resisted once more. You can almost sense that there will be a sting in the tail. But for who?
77 minThis really is anyone's match with 13 minutes of normal time remaining. Sociedad force a free kick out wide as Godin fells Vela...
75 minEnd-to-end football at the moment as both sides go in search of the opener. One goal wins this match now. It is just that kind of evening.
73 minVery ambitious from Bergara as he strikes an effort from all of 40 yards. Courtois restarts the play with 15 minutes remaining.
71 minChance! Oh my word! So nearly a goal for Atletico as Martinez heads towards his own goal, but Zubikarai makes a wonderful save. That's top top draw.
69 minSociedad are now on the attack as they force a number of corners. However, the danger is resisted by Atletico. Both defences have played well this evening.
67 minChory Castro is the player who comes on in place of Prieto. Little under 25 minutes of normal time remaining.
67 minHalf-chance this time for Atletico as Rodriguez strikes an effort from outside the box, but it is straight at the goalkeeper. Meanwhile, the home side are preparing a change.
66 minChance! Another opportunity for the home side as Griezmann strikes an effort from outside the box, but Courtois gathers the danger. The opener could be on its way.
64 minReally is an end-to-end match at the moment with both sides launching attacks on the counter. Best period of the match in terms of intent.
62 minChange for the away side as Raul Garcia is replaced by Cristian Rodriguez. Can the winger inspire his team in the remaining 30 minutes?
62 minChance! Brilliant play from Griezmann as he slips a pass into Agirretxe, but Godin denies the striker with a wonderful challenge. Meanwhile, Falcao fires wide at the other end.
60 minDecent pressure from the away side as they force corner after corner. However, Sociedad remain strong in defence to clear the danger. Neither side is blinking at the moment.
58 minStill no sign of any changes from either side. The match needs some sort of spark at the moment. Little over 30 minutes remaining as Falcao forces a corner.
56 minBit of a scrappy match at the moment with challenges flying in from both sides. Still no real sign of the deadlock being broken.
54 minSmart play from Falcao as he turns outside the box, but Martinez pulls the striker to the floor. However, the away side waste the free kick once more.
52 minHalf-chance for Falcao as he attempts to meet a Gabi cross, but the Colombian just cannot make contact. If he had it would have been a certain goal. At least the striker is now involved in the match.
50 minFalcao appears to be rattled in the early stages of the second half as he bundles into the back of Martinez. It was a poor challenge. Nothing in terms of chances thus far.
48 minAtletico have started the second period on the attack. It appears that they have been told to play with more urgency as Falcao strikes wide of the post.
46 minHere we go then. Atletico kick us off in the second half. Just a reminder that week eight of La Liga is completed tomorrow when Sevilla host Mallorca. Do join us from 8pm for the action.
9.32pmIt hasn't been a half full of chances and great football. However, the match is so delicately poised ahead of the second period. You just get the feeling that a singular goal could be enough to win it.
9.28pmThe home side have also managed four shots on goal, in contrast to Atletico's singular effort. Meanwhile, we have seen very little from Falcao or Adrian in the away side's attack.
9.24pmLet's take a look at some statistics from the opening half. Sociedad have dominated possession with 64%, while they have had seven shots to Atletico's three.
9.20pmSo there we have it. The match remains level at 0-0 after an open 45 minutes of football between Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid.
45 min+1However, Agirretxe's effort is poor and straight into the wall.
45 minChance for Sociedad as Vela forces a free kick just outside the box. Meanwhile, we will play just one minute of added time.
43 minChance! So nearly for the home side as Prieto strikes from outside the box, but Falcao throws himself at the ball. Fantastic defending from the striker.
43 minSociedad force a host of corners in the latter stages of the half, but Miranda and Godin stand tall to resist the danger.
41 minAnother sighter for the home side as De La Bella fires a dangerous cross into the penalty area, but Courtois tips it behind for a corner - which is cleared by Miranda.
39 minHalf-chance for Atletico as Falcao combines with Koke in attack, but the latter's pass is just cut out by Estrada. Both sides are carrying a threat.
37 minIt's the home side that are playing the better football as we approach the break. However, Atletico remain a threat on the counter. Really good match thus far.
35 minIt's ambitious from Vela as he strikes an effort from all of 30 yards, but it is high and wide of the target. The former Arsenal man has looked lively thus far.
34 minIt's not a great challenge from De La Bella as he dives in on Juanfran - who appears to be hurt. However, it is unlikely to stop him returning to the action. Little over 10 minutes of the half remaining.
32 minHalf-chance for the home side as Martinez meets a Vela cross in the box, but Falcao just does enough to put the defender off. It's as close a match as you are likely to see.
30 minChance! Atletico's best chance of the match as Suarez finds Garcia in the box, but the midfielder can only head wide from close range. Suddenly the chances are beginning to come.
28 minHalf-chance for Atletico as Garcia strikes an effort from outside the box, but it was always moving high of the crossbar. It has been that type of match thus far. Just bits and pieces.
26 minEnd-to-end football at the moment as both sides go in search of the opener. Falcao has hardly been in it for Atletico, but Koke and Adrian have both started well.
24 minSociedad have just started to take control of this match. They are unbeaten in their last five games at home and it is easy to see why. They are such a well-drilled outfit.
22 minChance! Best opportunity of the match for Sociedad as Vela strikes an effort from outside the box, but Courtois just pushes it wide of the post. Top save from the Chelsea goalkeeper.
20 minBig penalty claim for the away side as Falcao fires an effort at Martinez from close range, but the referee waves play on. It would have been a harsh one.
18 minAll the pre-match talk of Falcao. And I don't think he has touched the ball thus far! What's the betting that he still opens the scoring? It would not surprise me one bit. Sociedad are starting enjoy a period of possession.
16 minSociedad appear to be winning the midfield battle at the moment in terms of challenges. It is going to be that type of match due to the conditions. 0-0 with 16 minutes played.
14 minNothing much to report in terms of chances in the past few minutes. Both sides look nice and solid in midfield. However, Atletico do appear to have that extra something - Falcao - in attack.
12 minHalf-chance for the away side as Adrian strikes an effort on the turn, but his shot is collected by Zubikarai. However, they are beginning to find some space.
10 minAtletico are playing all of the football at the moment. They are yet to create a chance, but Suarez and Koke are enjoying possession in advanced areas.
8 minNine of the home side's starting 11 this evening have come through their academy. Just Griezmann and Vela are the exceptions. That is some doing. Meanwhile, Agirretxe strikes one wide of the target for Sociedad.
6 minIt's Atletico that are forcing the issue at the moment. Not in terms of chances, but they are enjoying the majority of possession with six minutes on the clock.
4 minIs there a better number nine in the world than Falcao? He has scored in his last nine games. Chelsea are reportedly interested but it will take a huge bid to prize him away. However, nothing much from him thus far.
3 minThe rain is really starting to fall in the early stages of this match. It should make the game quicker. That will suit both sides.
2 minAll-action start to this match as Atletico launch an attack of their own, but it breaks down just outside the box.
1 minFirst half-chance of the match comes to the home side after just 20 seconds when Carlos Vela advances on goal, but his effort is just off target. What a start that would have been.
1 minHere we go then. Sociedad kick us off on this mild evening in Spain. Let's hope for some goals.
8.29pmHandshakes? Check. Flags exchanged? Check. Wonderful atmosphere? Check. It is all set up for a fantastic evening of Spanish football. Let's get this match underay at the Anoeta.
8.26pmHere we go then. Both sets of players join us on the pitch ahead of kickoff. Can Atletico continue their fine start to the season? Or will it be Sociedad's night?
8.23pmJust a quick update from the La Liga match currently in progress. Osasuna and Real Betis are level at 0-0 with around seven minutes of football to play.
8.21pmMuch of their success this season has been down to the form of Radamel Falcao. The Colombian striker has scored eight league goals - 11 in all competitions - and he also struck a double for his country on Friday.
8.18pmThe wins continued to pile up in the league as they beat Real Valladolid, Real Betis and Espanyol, before another win over Viktoria Plzen in European competition. Their final match before the international break brought a 2-1 win over fellow high-flyers Malaga.
8.15pmVictories over Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano in the league were sandwiched by a Super Cup win over Chelsea. Meanwhile, they opened their Europa League campaign with a comfortable win over Hapoel Tel Aviv.
8.15pmMeanwhile, Athletic have enjoyed a simply stunning start to their season. They opened their league campaign with a 1-1 draw against Levante, but have since won their last nine matches in all competitions.
8.12pmThey also recorded an impressive victory over Athletic Bilbao at the end of September, but were defeated 2-0 by Real Betis in their last match before the international break.
8.12pmLet's take a look at how both sides have fared this season. Sociedad began their season with a 5-1 defeat at Barcelona, but recovered in their next match to beat Celta Vigo 2-1. Meanwhile, away defeats to Mallorca and Levante were sandwiched by a home win over Real Zaragoza.
8.09pmIn terms of the recent meetings between the two sides - Sociedad have managed just one win and a draw from their last five league matches with their opponents this evening and have lost two of the last three at home.
8.03pmTeam News: Inigo Martinez and Carlos Vela both shake off knocks to start for the home side. Meanwhile, Radamel Falcao and Adrian are paired in attack for Atletico.
8pmGood evening all! The final La Liga match of the weekend is brought to you from San Sebastian as Atletico attempt to continue their quite remarkable start to the season. In their way is a Sociedad side that have won their last three league matches at home.